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For Release: Tuesday, March 3, 2020

DEC Releases Draft Beaverkill Campground Management Plan Update

March 24 Meeting for Public to Comment on Proposed Changes to Plan

A Draft Unit Management Plan (UMP) for the Beaverkill Campground located in Sullivan County is now available for public review, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today. The public is invited to submit input on the draft plan, which will guide future management of the campground over the next 10 years.

"As one of the oldest campgrounds in the Catskills, DEC is proud to work with our community partners to continue its legacy of providing outstanding outdoor recreational opportunities, including camping, fishing, and picnicking in an area rich in natural and cultural resources, such as the recently renovated Beaverkill Covered Bridge, which is listed on the state and national register of historic places," said DEC Regional Director Kelly Turturro.

The Draft UMP update proposes the following management activities:

  • Reconstruct comfort station #6;
  • Construct an entrance booth at the day use area;
  • Rehabilitate comfort station #1;
  • Expand day use and construct a new pavilion;
  • Pave sections of roads in the camping loop;
  • Relocate campsites;
  • Demolish unused buildings and infrastructure;
  • Bury overhead lines in the day use area;
  • Plant trees and shrubs;
  • Perform restoration work to historic sites; and
  • Improve existing trails and create a trail connection to the Wild Forest.

The Beaverkill Campground first opened in the late 1920s. The campground is located on Berry Brook Road, six miles north of Livingston Manor and 0.3 miles west of Sullivan County Route 151 in the town of Rockland, Sullivan County. The facility is located on the famous Beaverkill trout fishing stream, a tributary to the Delaware River that flows through the entire developed length of the site. An historic covered bridge, originally constructed in 1865, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and spans the stream on the town road.

A public meeting is scheduled to provide information about the proposed amendment and to get input from the public on March 24, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., at Rockland Town Hall, 95 Main Street Livingston Manor, NY 12758.

The meeting will provide an opportunity for people to learn more about the proposed management actions in the draft plan and to comment on the proposals. Following a short presentation, DEC staff will be available to answer questions and accept public comments. The meeting facility is wheelchair accessible. Please call (845) 256-3018 at least two weeks in advance of the meeting with specific accommodation requests.

In addition, the public can visit the Beaverkill Campground Survey to share comments on recreational opportunities. Survey Responses will be accepted until April 15, 2020.

The draft plan for the Beaverkill Campground can be viewed and downloaded at DEC's website. Copies are also available in electronic format on compact disc and may be requested by calling (518) 457-2500.

All comments on the Draft Beaverkill Campground UMP must be received by April 15, 2020. DEC will review these comments as it finalizes the UMP for the Beaverkill Campground. Comments can be submitted by mail or email to: NYS DEC Bureau of Recreation, 625 Broadway Albany NY 12233- 5253, or campinfo@dec.ny.gov.

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